Sometimes, you just don’t know what to get your friends and family for their birthdays. If you watched Castle, you will agree with Captain Roy Montgomery when he says to Richard Castle, “If you’d stayed married long enough, you’d know it’s hard to stay original after the first ten [years].” True, it’s hard, but coming up with a unique gift is worth it.
The Art of Gift-Giving
You may think that you and the recipient are not the sentimental, gift-giving type, and that’s not really a bad thing. It’s just that giving presents to someone is already an established sign of good faith in our society. It’s a way to connect with others and show your appreciation and respect for them.
The Huffington Post states the five clear steps about giving someone a gift: (1) stay organized, (2) list your recipient characteristics and favorite things, (3) go to an online shop with your list, (4) if the recipient has a Pinterest, browse it for quick hacks, and (5) write a note. These are easy things to follow if you are serious about being the ultimate gift-giver.
Plotting the Deed
The first thing on the list is to stay organized. It’s fine to keep a mental log of birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, but nothing really beats planning. It will give you more time to think and will save you the hassle of making excuses on the day of the event. Also, this will allow you to save up some money if you need to.
So buy a planner, download an app, or make a bullet journal; just find something where you can list this entire event and planning. List down the recipient characteristics and favorite things as these can help you choose the perfect present.
If you want to surprise your recipient, pick something they told you when they thought you were not listening. What was that? What if you really were not listening? Take your bullet journal or and take down some notes in case they let something slip.
Be creative, too. If your loved one loves jewelry, make sure it’s from a shop in Utah offering custom jewelry pieces. If the thing your recipient wants is beyond your budget, you should be prepared to think of other options.
This is when Etsy or Pinterest comes in. Browse through them and you might find that thing you are looking for or something to inspire you when you’re tight on budget. Maybe your recipient posted something on their Facebook wall, too. It’s a hard work but it will pay off in the end when you see your recipient’s smile.
The most important step is to write a note. Your gift may have cost you some money or mental power but it pales to a well thought out and heartfelt card. Heck, you can even get away with just giving out cards, as long as they came from the bottom of your heart.
Now if all else fails, try letting your recipient guess what your gift is even if you still don’t have anything in mind. When they ask you which one is it, slyly tell them it’s a secret.